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USS Signal (I)

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Civil War Medal

Stern-wheel Steamer (Tinclad #8):
  • Built in 1862 at Wheeling, VA.
  • Purchased by the Navy, 22 September 1862 at St. Louis, MO.
  • Commissioned USS Signal, date unknown, Acting Volunteer Lieutenant John Scott, in command
  • During the Civil War USS Signal was assigned to the Mississippi Squadron and participated in the following actions/campaigns:
  • Siege of Vicksburg, October 1862
  • Yazoo River expedition, 11 December 1862
  • White River expedition, 4 to 11 January 1863, attack of Fort Hindman at Arkansas Post, AR.
  • General patrol dispatch work on the Mississippi and tributaries, January 1863 to May 1864
  • Disabled by Confederate artillery and small arms fire, and ran aground at Dunn's Bayou, on the Red River, 5 May 1864
  • Final Disposition, set afire and abandoned by her crew, 5 May 1864
    Displacement 190 t.
    Length 157'
    Beam 30'
    Draft 1' 10":
    Depth 4' 4"
    Speed unknown
    Complement unknown
    four 24-pdr howitzers
    two 12-pdr Dahlgren rifles
    Propulsion steam

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    Signal 100k USS Signal ("Tinclad" #8) on the Western Rivers in 1863-64.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49977
    Aryeh Wetherhorn
    Signal 103k USS Signal ("Tinclad" #8) moored near shore on the Western Rivers, 1863-64, with laundry drying forward and boats alongside.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 49978
    Aryeh Wetherhorn

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